Assessment Testing

Assessment testing ensures that students have adequate preparation for college-level courses; the results are used to guide students into appropriate classes. Students must have already applied to MCC before taking the test, and tests must be taken prior to registering for classes.

As part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following measurement tools will be used to determine the appropriate course placements in English, Mathematics, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

  • High school GPA
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores
  • GED scores
  • Writing sample
  • Math Questionnaire
  • Accuplacer scores, if previously taken

Please promptly submit academic transcripts and standardized test scores, such as SAT/ACT/AP/GED,  to the Admissions Office for review.


Exemptions

Students may request an English or math Test Exemption form by submitting the following evidence to the Admissions Office:

Exemption Criteria
  GED ACT Transfer Credit SAT
English Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) with a score of 165-174 English score of 21 or higher, or ACT English and ACT Reading combined score of 47 or higher College-level transfer credit approved by the Admissions office Appropriate SAT scores (see guidelines below)
Math Mathematical Reasoning (MR) with a score of 165-174 Math score of 18 or higher College-level transfer credit approved by the Admissions office Appropriate SAT scores (see guidelines below)

SAT Score Guidelines

New SAT scores (taken March 2016-present)

  • Reading Test: ≥25 for ENG*101
  • Writing & Language Test: ≥26 for ENG*101
  • Math: ≥530 for MAT*109, 138
  • Math: ≥570 for MAT*146, 148, 158, 165, 172
  • Math: ≥620 for MAT*185,  MAT*186
  • Math: ≥670 for MAT*254
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥480 for ENG*B101
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥450 for ENG*B101M
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥400 for ENG*B093
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): ≥360 for ENG*B096
  • Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EST1): <360 for Smart Start

Old SAT scores (taken before March 2016)

  • Critical Reading/Writing: ≥450 for ENG*101
  • Math: ≥500 for MAT*109, 138
  • Math: ≥530 for 146, 148, 158, 165, 172
  • Math: ≥550 for MAT*185, MAT*186
  • Math: ≥650 for MAT*254

Students who have completed the Accuplacer test at another college should email their Score Report to Heidi Campbell, Testing Specialist, to see where those scores would place them at MCC.


About the Accuplacer Assessment Test

Accuplacer testing may be offered, on a very limited basis, to students who do not have any other measurement tool for proper course placement at MCC.  It is a computerized, adaptive test where students are assessed on mathematics, reading and writing, or their level of English proficiency (LOEP).  For additional information about Accuplacer, please visit our FAQs webpage.


Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

If you feel you need adjustments for testing, you must provide documentation prior to scheduling your test with the Testing Center. No adjustments will be made without this information.  If you have a documented disability, the first step is to visit our Disability Services page for instructions on accessing services.


Mission

The mission of the Testing Center is to provide comprehensive testing services to students, staff and community members. To this end, the center provides a comprehensive and wide range of testing services, as well as a full range of accommodations for students needing disability accommodations. The center’s staff supports students’ academic growth by offering test sessions in a positive environment and works collaboratively with all student development programs in order to provide a professional and centralized Testing Center.


For more information about testing, email Georgette Hyman, Assistant Director, Disability Services and Testing, or Heidi Campbell, Testing Specialist.